Vitamin D (25-Hydroxy) Testing
How to check your Vitamin D levels with a home fingerprick blood test kit
What Is A Vitamin D Test For?
A Vitamin D test is also known as an Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Calcidiol or Calcitriol test.
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin, mostly produced in the skin by sunlight (up to 90%) although it is also absorbed from food & supplements.
Its main role is regulating how the body absorbs calcium, phosphate and magnesium from the gut.
Correct levels of these minerals are vital for healthy bone growth.
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Vitamin D Testing UK Statistics 2021
20.7% of people tested have Vitamin D levels which are too low.
And 1.3% have levels that are too high.
The average Vitamin D result is 77.0 nmol/L
Note what is normal for you may differ for your age and gender.
Women tend to have lower Vitamin D in their blood than men.
As many as one in five women tested have low levels of Vitamin D
of people have Vitamin D blood levels in the normal range. Do you?
Are you in the 78.0% with normal results?
What If Vitamin D Test Levels Are Low?
Although typically due to a lack of sunlight, note that low Vitamin D levels can also be caused by underlying conditions that reduce the absorption of Vitamin D from food.
Parathyroid hormone levels, kidney function, taking certain medications or being at a higher risk from fractures should also be considered when seeking treatment.
Consultation with a medical professional is recommended to fully understand the cause of deficiency and to ensure appropriate treatment.
NICE recommend treating vitamin D deficiency with fixed high doses of a vitamin D supplement for 6 - 10 weeks followed by lifelong maintenance treatment. You can learn more here.
How To Test Vitamin D?
The Vitamin D (25-Hydroxy) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Vitamin D in a fingerprick blood sample.
You can check your Vitamin D levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit below. Your sample is then professionally analysed in an accredited laboratory for total reassurance. The Vitall Vitamins & Minerals Complete Home Test Kit includes a Vitamin D test and is available for just £89.
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